I’ve put this off as long as possible. For a tribe switcheroo episode, this was a disappointment. The 4-2, 4-2, 2-4 split should have made this really predictable, but the fact that Abi and Andrew both got what they wanted ruined any sense of enjoyment from the numbers not going the way they should have.
I am also willing to pencil in a member of oldBayon as the winner of this season. Yes, All-Star seasons see a bit more unpredictability than straight number-counting usually does, but - other than Stephen - no one from oldBayon has any incentive to not Pagong off the oldTaKeo tribe.
I hope the editors/ camera people are on point for. “You get your first look at the new Angor tribe. Peih-Gee was voted off at tribal council.” I want to see how well, (or how badly,) the oldBayon majorities on the other tribes react, and if their minority members notice. [Also, the potential look of disappointment on Stephen’s face, when he sees Andrew is still around. Schadenfreude-alicious.]
1. Jeremy (2B) Has an HII. 2. Monica (7B) 3. Kimmi (8B) 4. Stephen (10B) Perhaps Stephen and Spencer could make a play for Monica/Kimmi, but due to the ineptness of the oldTaKeo tribe, we really don’t know where the non-Tasha women of Bayon stand in regards to the Bro-liance.
5. Kelly (3T) 6. Spencer (8T) Providing Angor doesn’t Matsing themselves until the next swap/ merge, Spencer is the prototypical pre-merge boot, much too capable of pulling out an immunity run.
Ta Keo (blue)
Their buffs may be teal, but given the footage we saw this week, we might as well call them Purple Ta Keo.
1. Keith (3B) 2. Cierra (5B) 3. Kass (9B) These three are pretty much interchangeable.
4. Joe (4B) If any oldBayon tribe member is going to get blindsided before the merge, it is Joe.
5. Kelley (1T) She’s doing the right work to throw Terry under the bus, but that, and her HII, only give her two weeks grace. 6. Terry (4T) We weren’t shown him trying to use his newly acquired social game.
newMatsing Angor (yellow)
If we have a boring middle portion of this season, it’ll be because Tasha Jedi-mind-tricked the oldTaKeo folk into throwing away their numerical advantage.
1. Tasha (6B) 2. Andrew (1B) Because, if by some fluke Abi and Woo can be made to come to their senses, Andrew is a more typical target than Tasha. But he’s ranked at two because ... read that “if statement” again
3. Abi-Maria (6T) Tasha was able to wrangle J’Tia for a couple of votes; she ought to be able to keep Abi in line for, at least, one. 4. Woo (5T) 5. Jeff (2T) Woo is probably Abi’s target, but Tasha and Andrew should be targeting Jeff.
OUT Peih-Gee (7T) Jeff made the “too hard, too fast,” mistake, but you paid the price. Partially because of Abi’s beef with you, and partially because you and Woo didn’t jump on the opportunity to vote out Jeff. Once you knew Abi was turning on oldTaKeo, you should have gone into Sandra Diaz-Twine mode, instead of trying to save Jeff. [interesting that this is the same mistake that doomed Shirin last week.]